News in Brief 20 November 2015 (AM)

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MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

UN in Mali deplores terrorist attack on hotel

The United Nations in Mali is supporting the country's authorities following a terrorist attack on a hotel in the capital, Bamako, on Friday.

Gunmen had entered the Radisson Blu Hotel that morning and took dozens of hostages, freeing some and reportedly killing three people.

The UN mission in Mali, known by its acronym MINUSMA, said it is providing security back-up while also deploying medical needs at the site.

The head of mission has issued a statement deploring the siege.

Children in jail or other detention focus of Universal Children's Day

Children who have been deprived of their liberty are being remembered by the UN this Friday, Universal Children's Day.

They include young people in jail, in mental health facilities or in other forms of detention who often are forgotten or overlooked, according to the UN Secretary-General in a message for the day.

Ban Ki-moon added that the UN is preparing a Global Study on the issue and ways to address it.

The Secretary-General also pointed out that this year's observance of Universal Children's Day comes at a time when a record 60 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, nearly half of them children.

He said achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals will depend on reaching the world's most vulnerable young people.

Universal Children's Day celebrates the  adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly on 20th of November 1989 .

First woman speaker of parliament "important milestone" for Arab world

The election of the first woman speaker of parliament in the Arab world has been hailed as a "breakthrough" for the region.

That's the assessment of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in a statement welcoming the election of Dr Amal Al Qubaisi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

IPU chief Martin Chungong said the move "marks a particularly important milestone that can only resonate across the region and inspire other countries and other women MPs (members of parliament)."

The election of Dr Al Qubaisi brings the number of women Speakers in the world to 47, out of 273, according to the organization.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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